Naughty for role – not by na­ture

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Des­per­ate Housewives fans set­tle in for sea­son four on Fox­tel’sWChan­nel, the show con­tin­ues its dom­i­nance in the US as it nears the end of sea­son six with wild new plots in­clud­ing a much-dis­cussed plane crash.

A block Christ­mas party on Wis­te­ria Lane is all but wiped out when a small plane crashes on the in­fa­mous street— the pi­lot has a heart at­tack while ar­gu­ing with his wife, ap­par­ently.

The episode went to air in early De­cem­ber in the US. Chan­nel 7 will start screen­ing the new sea­son in Fe­bru­ary.

One of the ad­di­tions for the lat­est ad­ven­tures was ac­tor Ma­iara Walsh (left), who ar­rived as Lolita-like Ana So­lis in sea­son five.

Walsh has al­ways been a good girl— at home and on TV. That was be­fore the 21-yearold moved into the naughty neigh­bour­hood of Des­per­ate Housewives. Des­per­ate Housewives (sea­son four), M WChan­nel, Satur­day, 7pm Life in Wis­te­ria Lane Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

As Ana she wran­gles with the reign­ing queen of man-con­trol, her aunt Gabrielle So­lis (Eva Lon­go­ria Parker).

Walsh says she wanted the role be­cause it’s so dif­fer­ent from her own per­son­al­ity.

‘‘About the only thing we have in com­mon is we are very in­de­pen­dent. I’m not like this nasty, ma­nip­u­la­tive per­son at all,’’ Walsh says with a wicked laugh. ‘‘Grow­ing up, I tried to stay away from nasty char­ac­ters be­cause I didn’t want to get type­cast that way.’’

She’s not kid­ding when she says be­ing bad is a stretch. Walsh is in­volved with the mo­ti­va­tional group Young Women’s Empowerment Net­work and is a youth am­bas­sador for In a Per­fect World, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that aims to build strong so­cial leaders. She grew up in a house­hold with a very strict Brazil­ian mother.

Be­cause Walsh doesn’t have her own bad-girl ex­pe­ri­ences to draw on, she takes char­ac­ter­is­tics from peo­ple she’s met who have used their sex­u­al­ity to get what they want. And she’s too dis­creet— part of her good-girl na­ture— to of­fer any names.

The role— and some of the things her char­ac­ter says and does— makes Walsh a lit­tle un­com­fort­able. But that’s not a bad thing, she says, be­cause it pushes her as an ac­tor.

Walsh likes the com­plex na­ture of Ana So­lis. She prom­ises view­ers will get to see more of her char­ac­ter’s com­plex per­son­al­ity as the se­ries pro­gresses.

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